Traful Lake

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Traful Lake
Abandonados en el Lago.jpg
Location Los Lagos Department, Neuquén Province
Coordinates 40°38′05″S 71°25′36″W / 40.63472°S 71.42667°W / -40.63472; -71.42667Coordinates: 40°38′05″S 71°25′36″W / 40.63472°S 71.42667°W / -40.63472; -71.42667
Type Freshwater lake
Primary inflows Pichi Traful river and the Machico, Cataratas and Coaco arroyos
Primary outflows Traful River(25 km)
(Traful → LimayNegroAtlantic)
Basin countries Argentina
Surface area 76 km2 (29 sq mi)
Max. depth 300 m (980 ft)
Surface elevation 975 m (3,199 ft)
Settlements Villa Traful

Traful Lake is a lake in the Los Lagos Department of the Argentine province of Neuquén with an area of 76 km². The lake is the starting point of the Traful River that empties into the Nahuel Huapi Lake. It is contained inside Nahuel Huapi National Park.

This lake is famous for a scenic view from a 102-meter-high glacier cliff which offers a complete view of the lake and the entire valley. On the lake's shore lies the mountain town of Villa Traful, the main settlement in the lake area. It has campgrounds, a gas station, and hotels.

The waters of the lake are very transparent and well oxygenated. The irregular coasts of the lake have cliffs and beaches. Fishing is possible both from boats and from the shore. The north shore has good fishing for landlocked salmon, rainbow trout, brook trout, and brown trout.

Northern arm, “Pichi Traful”[edit]

The lake has a long, thin northern arm, known as Lake Pichi Traful. It extends to the northwest of the main body of the lake, accessible by the lake road or by highways RP 65 and RP 234. Upon arrival, there is a park guard station, which provides information about places to spend the night or camp. This branch of the lake is fed by the Pichi Traful river, which contributes oxygenated water. It's an excellent place for fly-fishing. At its mouth, there are beaches for camping.

Submerged forest[edit]

The lake contains a dead forest of some 60 cypress trees, which stand in some 15 meters of water. Previously they stood on a nearby hill, but a landslide, probably in the 1960s, plunged them into the lake, where they still stand today. Due to the water's great transparency, their roots are visible from the surface when it is calm.[1]

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